The Valle Isarco, with the largest number of cities in South Tyrol, boasts a varied cultural repertoire. Three cities dominate the history of the valley: the Fugger banking dynasty reigned in Vipiteno/Sterzing, powerful bishops held sway in Bressanone/Brixen and artists nowadays realise their creativity in Chiusa/Klausen.

Spectacular culture all year round
The Zwölferturm tower watches over the historic pedestrianised area of Vipiteno/Sterzing, while Säben Abbey sits high above over Chiusa/Klausen. The city of Bressanone/Brixen is home to Tyrol’s largest monastery, Neustift, while the cathedral is an episcopal see. With sculptures and panels in the diocesan museum, splendid stucco works in the Church of Our Lady and sparkling silver in its mines, the Valle Isarco’s attractions offer insights into its culture and indeed its very soul. The city streets are also lined with shops small and large, offering fashion and culinary items and tempting visitors to look and buy in a traditional atmosphere.

Lively highlights every year (or two)
Alongside the year-round attractions, there are also those that are a delight for visitors just once a year. There are the “chestnut weeks” in the Valle Isarco’s so-called fifth season, that of törggelen, the tasting of new wine. There are the Krampus, scary creatures who frighten naughty children (and adults) during the Christmas period. The Christmas markets themselves offer seasonal culture and handicrafts, while visitors to the summer festival held every two years in the old town of Bressanone/Brixen can sample food and drink in all their variations.
The Valle Isarco offers an exciting and varied series of experiences, where South Tyrol’s roots can clearly be traced back to its traditions and culture.

City and culture in the Valle Isarco
City and culture in the Valle Isarco

Good reasons for a holiday in the Valle Isarco

  • a wide range of cultural attractions in the three cities of Bressanone/Brixen, Vipiteno/Sterzing and Chiusa/Klausen
  • traditional culinary delights, especially in autumn during the törggelen season
  • historic medieval localities and buildings
  • Bressanone/Brixen cathedral, the Zwölferturm tower in Vipiteno/Sterzing and Säben Abbey above Chiusa/Klausen